YMCA Youth Internships

Ben, our second youth intern from YMCA, for Feb-April 2018, just completed his last day, and wrote up some thoughts on his experience to share. Building skills, sharing experience, and working together in community: this is the good stuff! 

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Above: Ben with Sarah and Cassie, sharing a cinnamon bun in celebration!

Ben’s post follows:

Terrific is the only word I can use to describe my time at Hives for Humanity.
I’ve had a great time working with this amazing group of people and learning more all the time. 
If I had to choose one thing that I will take foward with me it would have to be bottling honey. I have found it really enjoyable and find that it relaxes me and accents my skill for attention to detail perfectly.
I remember one day when a deaf man came in looking for some candles and when I realized he was deaf it caused me to reevaluate how I had been interacting with everyone who came through the door. As I was thinking about how I talked to people and discovered that I used too many meaningless words (like, yeah, um). And have been working on making my speech patterns easier to follow. 
From here I’m hoping to find a job in garden/farm work. A passion that I wouldn’t have been able to exercise without my experience at the Hastings Urban Farm.
In closing I would just like to say how special Hives for Humanity really is and I look forward to working with everyone in the future.

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